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Oh how I love lifestyle newborn sessions. There’s something so pure and simple about a brand new baby being photographed in his own home – I can’t get enough of them! The lovely window light, the clean lines of the bed being used as a backdrop, and the individuality of baby’s nursery make each and every lifestyle newborn session special in its own way. And babies seem to sleep SO much better when they’re cozy in their own environment.

I’ve known the “T” family for several years now, and I’ve had the honor of photographing both of their beautiful boys within the first 10 days of their lives. Both in their own home, surrounded by the love of an adoring mama and daddy. It’s such a privilege to be able to capture a family throughout the years as they grow from an expectant couple to a family of 3, and then 4, and sometimes even 5 and 6.:)

I loved incorporating Asher’s personal blankets into some of the images. One of my favorite parts of being a new mom (aside from having a sweet, squishy newborn to snuggle whenever I wanted) was collecting fun receiving blankets. Now that I’ve donated most of our blankets to friends and Goodwill, I wish I’d thought to incorporate more of them into my girls’ newborn sessions. So now I try to incorporate them into my newborn sessions when I can.

 

I can never get enough of the perfect combination of beautiful window light and a newborn on a white blanket!

 

Kai is SUCH a good big brother. It’s not always easy to convince a 2-year-old to stay still – especially when supporting a baby brother on your back, but he was a total trooper!

 

I created an image very similar to this with Kai and his daddy when he was a newborn, so I wanted to make sure that we had something similar with Asher and his daddy.

All boy – playing contentedly with his trains in his bedroom while I photographed baby brother nearby.

 

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This is actually a session from my last month in the Raleigh/Durham area before we moved to Northern Colorado, but these are some of my all-time favorite maternity images, and I’m so excited to share them on the blog. I absolutely love to photograph expectant mamas – there’s something so special about that beautiful pregnancy glow.

I truly enjoyed every moment I was able to spend with the “T” family – both during their maternity session and their newborn session (which I can’t wait to share with you – talk about a pretty baby!!). We clicked right from the start, and between their awesome personalities, mama’s GORGEOUS baby bump, and the love they all shared for one another and the new little addition they were expecting, I couldn’t have asked for a better session. It also helped that they had an absolutely lovely yard, and the weather had cooled down enough that we weren’t sweating buckets like you normally would on a Southern evening.;)

They had the most fantastic abandoned building across the street from their house, and they were kind enough to oblige my request to take a few pictures near the building, even though it required us to apply copious amounts of bug spray. I absolutely love the contrast of the green leaves against the grey cinder block!This is actually a session from my last month in the Raleigh/Durham area before we moved to Northern Colorado, but these are some of my all-time favorite maternity images, and I’m so excited to share them on the blog. I absolutely love to photograph expectant mamas – there’s something so special about that beautiful pregnancy glow.

I truly enjoyed every moment I was able to spend with the “T” family – both during their maternity session and their newborn session (which I can’t wait to share with you – talk about a pretty baby!!). We clicked right from the start, and between their awesome personalities, mama’s GORGEOUS baby bump, and the love they all shared for one another and the new little addition they were expecting, I couldn’t have asked for a better session. It also helped that they had an absolutely lovely yard, and the weather had cooled down enough that we weren’t sweating buckets like you normally would on a Southern evening.;)

 

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This blog post is LONG past due. It took me a bit longer than I expected to settle into the role of both full-time working mom AND photographer. We’re finally all moved into our house in Greeley and starting to feel like we’re settled. We’ve developed a work/school/dinner routine, and I’m now able to put some focus back into the photography business. I’m super excited, because I’m meeting some lovely new clients here in Northern Colorado, and I can’t wait to meet and photograph more amazing families, babies, and kiddos now that spring is finally in the air!

The “D” family were my very first clients here in Colorado. I absolutely adore them! These are two of the cutest little girls you’ll ever meet – so full of life and personality! We had a total blast at our session in Loveland. Now that Christmas card season is long past, I can share some of my favorite images from their session without giving away any spoilers that went on their Christmas cards.;)

This little one was all over the place in true toddler fashion, but I managed to pull out some of the tricks I keep up my sleeve and get some sweet smiles.

 

She especially loved my green chair. Who can blame her? It’s one of my favorites, too.

 

I just can’t get enough of her gorgeous eyes!!

 

See what I mean? They’re STUNNING! Her mama and daddy should probably start locking the door NOW!;)

 

This is a family who truly love one another. I love capturing moments like these!

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Holy crow, I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas. Normally I have ALL my Christmas shopping finished by now. I’m not sure what’s going on this year – it’s probably the move and all the craziness of getting settled in a new house in a new state, but we’re not even close to ready yet. At least we got the tree up, and we’ve managed to move our Elf on the Shelf most nights (her most adventerous shenanigan has been taking a swim in a bowl full of marshmallows, but at least we’ve managed to move her from one shelf to another). Amongst all of my good intentions was the goal to actually send out a Christmas card this year.

However, we decided to move across the country a few weeks before we were scheduled to have our family portraits created by a dear friend, and I still haven’t found a new family photographer here in Colorado (we’re planning on spring portraits at this point). I DID take some portraits of the girls that I absolutely love (they were created as a feature for Craft Cuts over on Prop Insanity – check them out if you need affordable wood letters for any of your home decorating projects; they have a HUGE variety of fonts and sizes available!). They would have made ADORABLE Christmas cards, but I just realized that it’s December 17th (where did the time go?!?), and I don’t know that the “naughty” or “nice” theme would make quite as much sense on a New Year’s card. I still want to share the images, though, so this is one of those shameless blog posts featuring my own kiddos.:)I adore the tall grass and yummy evening light here in Northern Colorado – it’s absolutely ideal for outdoor children’s portrait sessions!!


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I have SO much to post on my blog – updates about the big move, etc, and I promise to do that SOON! I just really wanted to share this favorite image from my first session here in Northern Colorado. I absolutely loved meeting this adorable family, and there are so many favorites from their session. This one caught my eye when I uploaded their images to my computer, and I just had to edit it and share it right away!:)

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